CATEGORY: Travel

thaitravel

Hello hello hello and welcome to my Thailand travel guide! Everything I wish we would have known, faves, regrets, and recommendations.

tostay1

We stayed in Thailand for 8 days total and two different locations – both in Phuket. The first place we stayed was called The Slate. Its a small, chic resort across the street from the beach and its super close to the airport which was so nice after traveling so long!

So many activities are available through the resort and they’re so accommodating and nice. Its also pretty affordable – me and Dani got a one bedroom with our own pool. The only con about this place was that it is a lot of couples and families which was honestly fine since we were there to relax!

After spending three days at The Slate we headed to Santhiya on Koh Yao Yai island. This resort was definitely one of my top if not my favorite places we stayed during our Asia trip. It is really big (you need to take golf carts to get places) but it is so gorgeous and the views are amazing everywhere you go. The pools are also to dieeeee.

Throughout our Asia trip this room was one of the smaller ones we booked and it was still amazing and bigger than your average hotel room with a hot tub/bath on the balcony. I also went to the spa and got a massage. The spa was amazing but warning the massage was kind of intrusive hahaha not anything terrible but if you’re not comfortable being naked in front of strangers then I don’t recommend getting a massage in Thailand as I’ve heard that this is pretty average for resorts there. I am in love with this place and definitely would come back.

thaitodo

So many things! I love Thai food so we took a cooking class through our resort The Slate. They took us to a local market and we made a few Thai dishes at the hotel. I’m a really picky eater but they were so nice about my restrictions haha. Also the woman who taught the class was so sweet and made a whole list of things we needed to do in the city which we did the next day!

We were able to hire a driver through The Slate for the day. We gave him a list of places we wanted to go and he also was knowledgeable about the city. We started the day by walking around Old Town and doing some shopping. Then we went to Wat Chalong temple which was so gorge. After that we headed up the mountain to Big Buddha which is also an amazing lookout. From there we went to a couple beaches and more lookouts. It was definitely a long day but so worth it! You can cover the city in one day for sure. It was about $90 to hire the driver for the day which is kind of expensive but that was split between two people and I felt more comfortable hiring someone from the resort.

While staying at Santhiya we knew we wanted to tour the neighboring islands as Phi Phi Islands and James Bond Island are must dos while in Phuket. We weren’t really sure about hiring an outside company to take us on an excursion so we went through the resort which was definitely more expensive but I don’t regret it because the boat was really nice and they take you to do like a million things while out on the water like exploring caves, water villages, snorkeling, monkey sightings, and lunch! We did two days of excursions for about $120 each. They last all day like 8 hours and pick you up and drop you off at the resort. I definitely recommend doing these excursions they’re long but soooo fun and you see everything.

Almost all the resorts we stayed at offered free workout classes but the most fun was a Thai boxing class. The instructor was super intense and taught us all about the art of Thai boxing which I loved.

thaitips

Almost everywhere you go in Thailand you must take your shoes off before entering. This includes temples, restaurants, spas, hotels, ect. so I would definitely recommend bringing easy slip on sandals instead of sneakers or lace up sandals.

Definitely get cash before you venture out of the airport. Almost everything is a cash payment including drivers even if you book through the hotel. I’d recommend even using cash the whole time. The only places that really accepted cards were the hotels and nice restaurants.

In terms of transportation we booked everything through our hotels. This was my biggest worry when going to Thailand because they don’t have Uber! What was life before it honestly lol. Some of our bookings included transportation to and from the airport too which was nice. For example our booking with The Slate included a return to the airport so we went back to the airport just to be picked up by the Santhiya!

Everyone in Thailand whether they work at your hotel or not is soooo incredibly nice. They will go out of their way to help you with anything you need. I definitely relied on them so much for any info or help organizing anything plus there are a ton of excursions through so many of the hotels in Thailand so I’d recommend trying those :)

See you in Bali!

5-Travel-Essentials.1

1. / 2. / 3. / 4. / 5.

Happy Wednesday Trendsday!

Since I’ve been doing so much traveling lately I thought I’d throw together some of the things that saved me after 10 hour flights or full days of city touring.

The first I am seriouslyyyy obsessed with. I bought a tiny version they had at the counter at Ulta when I was checking out and that sales tactic really worked because I can’t get enough of this moisturizer and I bought the full sized jar lol. But it works so well because a lot of the time when I’m traveling my skin will develop a dry patch here and there so I layer this on almost like a mask and it works so well. I also use it every night all over my face.

I looove my polaroid camera and definitely recommend everyone get one! Its such a fun and easy way to commemorate your travels. I love to put all my polaroids on my refrigerator or in some cute frames – Urban Outfitters sells some really cute frames made just for polaroids.

Recently I started using lip liner. I really like this Marc Jacobs one because its super soft and rolls out instead of having to sharpen it. A little lip color makes you look a lot more put together if you just got off a very long flight haha.

I’ve definitely recommended this Nars concealer before – I use mine all the time in different areas on my face. I like to put a setting powder on top of any areas I use the conceal on.

And last is a cute passport cover because how can you travel without one.

See you Friday!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

1.1

2.1

3.1

4.1

5.1

6.1

Coat: Club Monaco (similar here) / Sweater: Club Monaco (similar here & here) / Denim: H&M / Boots: Sam Edelman / Sunglasses: ASOS / Bag: Louis Vuitton

Happy Saturday!

Some snow-spiration for you lol. I saw these boots and I had to get them – they’re super affordable, cute, and definitely comfy. They were perfect for my time in Colorado. If you live in a cold state these boots are worth the investment!

This weekend I’ll be staying home all day organizing my new apartment and online shopping for furniture haha. There is so much furniture we need to get now that our house is decent sized! Haha if you have any great, unknown furniture websites you love definitely let me know :)

See you Monday!

Photography: Jen Lints Photography

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

4.1

5.1

Suit: Solid & Striped / Skirt: H&M (similar here & here) / Sandals: The Fix (similar here) / Bag: Cult Gaia / Sunglasses: ASOS

Happy Friday!!

Today is kind of our last day in Hawaii since we leave tomorrow late at night! We are planning on doing nothing at all today and just relaxing. I’m so sad to leave!! It is absolute heaven.

I love this swimwear brand Solid & Striped so I had to get this suit for our trip! This is kind of like their iconic suit and I love it! Be sure to check out the rest of their line :)

See you Monday back in NYC!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

3.1

Dress: Flynn Skye / Sandals: Positano (similar here) / Sunglasses: ASOS / Bag: Cult Gaia

Happy Tuesday! And Halloween!

I’ll be celebrating here in Hawaii dressed as Moana!! I am so excited especially because my friend and sister decided to go along with my Moana theme haha.

We arrived in Hawaii on Saturday after a long day of travel from NYC where my boyfriend and I met up with my friend Liz, my older sister, and my dad! Out of all the places I’ve traveled in the world Hawaii might be my favorite. When we were in Europe I couldn’t wait to come to Hawaii haha.

FLynn Skye is a brand I’ve had my eye on for a while. They make suuuuper cute beachy clothes and when I spotted this dress I had to get it! I’m pretty sure this dress design is a staple of the brand since it has a lot of pattern versions available. I linked it below with a few other Flynn Skye faves of mine :)

Keep following my insta story for more Hawaii love :)

See you Wednesday!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Dress: Pepito’s Positano (similar here & here) / Sandals: La Botteguccia (similar here & here) / Bag: Saint Laurent / Sungalsses: Le Specs

Happy Friday!

This entire look is brought to you by Positano haha. Every store sells linen clothing here so I had to get something. I don’t usually go for midi dresses but I’ve been liking them more lately so I decided to go for it. And how cute are these sandals! There is this famous sandal store in Positano with a bunch of amazing sandals so my sister & I decided to go. When I told the man I wanted this pair he was like “okay but those I have to make” and he sat down and started literally making my shoes haha. It was amazing and I loooove the sandals. Such a good memory I definitely recommend visiting his store if you ever come to Positano :)

See you on Monday back in NYC!!!

1.1

2.1

3.1

4.1

5.1

6.1

6.1

7.1

8.1

Sweater: Zara (similar here & here) / Denim: H&M / Booties: Target / Scarf: Madewell / Bag: Chanel (similar here) / Sunglasses: Le Specs

Happy Monday!!

OMG Lake Como was seriously one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. This trip is definitely one filled with gorgeous locations buuuut Lake Como has been my fave so far. We took a train from Milan and a ferry across the lake to stay three nights in a town called Menaggio on the lake. There are a few different towns around the lake so we tried to explore each one! The best was taking a boat tour and seeing the amazing villas and small towns from the lake. We also did a full day in the most famous town, Bellagio. It was so peaceful and beautiful there I would 100% go back.

The weather was actually pretty good while we were there so this chunky knit was the most helpful on the boats and during the nighttime! I am obsesseddddd with this knit though – it is huge and so comfy! I originally bought it a size medium so I could wear it as a dress but it just looked weird like I was pant-less haha so I stuck with some black skinnies!

Our trip is almost coming to an end with one more location coming up! Can’t wait :)

See you Wednesday!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

1.1

6.1

3.1

4.1

2.1

5.1

7.1

Top: Zara (similar here & here) / Denim: H&M / Booties: Madewell (similar here) / Sunglasses: Dior / Bag: Chanel

Happy Saturday!

Omg I totally got my days mixed up in all this travel plus the time change hahaha.

How cute is this top!? Its actually a bodysuit from Zara and I love it. I realized I forgot black denim on my trip so I bought this super cheap pair at H&M and I actually kind of love them! They’re really stretchy but also form fitting which I love. I’ve been weaaaaaring out these gold booties. They’re so comfy and I find myself adding them to every look haha.

My sister and I took a day trip from Cannes to Monaco and it was amazingggg. I have always been intrigued by the country so I was so excited to go. Its super small and all on the side of a hill. There are incrediblyyyy fancy cars everywhere you look and the harbor is filled with yachts! We visited the Hotel de Paris, the Monte Carlo Casino and then trekked up to the Grimaldi Palace! The palace is in a completely different area and its so different from the rest of Monaco which is super high tech – this area is very European with small streets and ornate buildings. I’m sad we only discovered this as our day was coming to a close! If I ever go back I’ll definitely spend more time in this area.

My sister and I are headed out tonight in Florence, Italy! See you Monday :)

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

aix1

aix2

aix3

aix4

aix5

aix6

aix7

aix8

aix9

Top: Banana Republic / Skirt: J. Crew / Booties: Madewell / Bag: Louis Vuitton / Sunglasses: J. Crew

Happy Monday!

The town of Aix-en-Provence was so cute I was dying to shoot a look there! I diedddd over this skirt from J. Crew. Its so Fall and so cute. I ordered a size 4, my regular size and its just slightly large. Also the skirt is very structured so because its a bit big it kind of makes me look a little round! Haha struggle but I wasn’t sure if I went a size down if it would be too small since I ordered it online so I kept the 4 and left for Europe!

We Left Aix on Saturday and took the train to Cannes and we’ve been doing day trips from Cannes since! On Sunday we took a boat to Saint Tropez and it was amazingggg. Definitely my favorite place so far. Its really small and picturesque. Perfect to wander around and admire the pastel buildings and countless yachts.

Today we took the train to Nice and tomorrow we will be exploring Monaco before we leave France and head to Italy!

See you on Wednesday :)

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

9

8

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

Happy Wednesday Trendsday!

Today I’m sharing everything I’ve been pinning lately. With our upcoming move out of nyc (which I’ll give more details about when the time is closer!) I’ve been into pinning house inspo. Although living in an actual house is far off for me I can’t help but fantasize! Haha and I love some good furniture inspiration too.

Also I’m always about pinning some dreamy travel ideas and of course fashion – mostly gowns I fantasize about wearing haha. I love Pinterest whenever I need new ideas or just want a break from all the other social media channels.

You can see everything else I’m pinning here, and some of my recent favorites are below :)

See you Friday!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin